Zim Airways Plane Arrives, Chinamasa Says It Does Not Belong To Former First Family

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The first Zimbabwe Airways Boeing B777, with the registration number Z-RGM  arrived in the country on Wednesday. The plane is one of four planes which were purchased from Malaysia. The planes were purchased from Malaysian Airlines, which decommissioned the planes following the disappearance of two successive Boeing 777s flights including the MH370 flight.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa ordered the planes to be brought into the country after they were purchased using taxpayer funds. However, the ownership of Zimbabwe Airlines is murky and Mnangagwa is reported to have ordered an investigation to look into who owns the company.

Officiating at the delivery event Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Patrick Chinamasa addressed the ownership question. Chinamasa said that the plane belongs to the Republic of Zimbabwe and categorically stated that it did not belong to the former first family. The minister also revealed that three more planes are expected to be delivered in a deal worth $70 million although the government has only managed to pay for two planes so far. . Chinamasa added that the planes are owned by a special purpose vehicle called Zimbabwe Aviation Leasing Company and are being leased to Zimbabwe Airways which is 100 owned by the government. Chinamasa also thanked former President Robert Mugabe’s son-in-law Simba Chikore for assisting the government in purchasing the planes due to his expertise.  Simba was one of the pilots who flew the plane.


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11 comments

  1. Tonde wa tonde Reply

    Proper investigation must be done for these plane .i silute the president for his effort .

  2. Leonie Reply

    Let’s fly the evidence of corruption.
    No matter how you paint this one that is what it started out as and that is what a free and fair investigation would prove
    Let us see how they protect their cronies in this one
    I would be afraid to fly in anything with Mugabe’s taint on it
    Fly with the crows get shot with the crows
    Would be my worry
    Just how many men women and children died so that those planes could be purchased

  3. Bhekimpilo Reply

    Who is fooling who? Z-RGM is not owned by a first family.They won’t cry because they did not use the money from their pockets.Don’t panic Honourable P.Chinamisa.

  4. Jimalo Jonki Reply

    Emmerson you have my vote continue to recover the funds Mugabe and his deranged greedy wife to state coffers you will be killing 2 flies with a single blow because these two stole enough to be able to finance a mini war they must know that crime does not pay

  5. raf Reply

    “Officiating at the delivery event Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Patrick Chinamasa addressed the ownership question. Chinamasa said that the plane belongs to the Republic of Zimbabwe and categorically stated that it did not belong to the former first family.”

    Excuse minister Chinamasa. I am afraid your above statement is clear as mud. When you say ‘categorically’ do you imply there was never a question mark on the ownership or are you suggesting as such given the facts of how they were purchase. We Zimbabweans need to know and we demand full transparency.

  6. freedom Reply

    The record has been set straight It’s disheartening to not that this world is full of liars

  7. Edgar Reply

    I am more worried that the Malaysian airlines grounded all their Boeing 777 aircraft following the disappearance of two consecutive flights.shouldnt we be concerned? what has the government done to address the issue that led the Malaysian government to ground the planes.
    ndozivei hangu.

  8. gigi Reply

    nhai vachinamasa munogoti ndege ndedzehurumende ivo president vachiti ngapaitwe full investigation nemhaka yei asi munechekuita nenyaya iyi kanhi ndosaka murikuda kuivhara vhara. I think the must be a reshuffle on Mr of finance ndiwo mamwe ma deadwoods varikusvibisa zita recurrent government

  9. Tendai Reply

    The aircraft’s registration is Z (for Zimbabwe), RGB (Robert Gabriel Mugabe). The son in law if Mugabe flew it in. Are we going to believe that this plane was purchased for the benefit of the country, or as personal transport for the first family (old and new)!

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